MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Hospitals in more than 100 Texas counties are required to suspend all elective surgeries in response to state concerns of reduced capacity during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on July 9.



The move comes as an expansion of Executive Order GA-27, signed on June 25 in which Abbott initially required hospitals only in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures unrelated to COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the July 9 order, the governor has added medical procedure restrictions to 11 out of 22 Trauma Service Areas in the state. Counties within Community Impact Newspaper's coverage area include:

  • Austin-area counties including Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays,and Williamson counties in addition to Blanco, Burnet, Lee, Llano, and San Saba within Trauma Service Area O.

  • Houston-area counties including Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, in addition to Matagorda, Walker, Waller, and Wharton within Trauma Service Area Q.



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